highlights and main attractions of selous game reserve
A huge wilderness area, located just 200 kilometres west of Dar es Salaam, the unbelievably vast Selous Game Reserve may be lesser known, but its area equates to four times the size of the Serengeti, making it Africa’s largest, and as an ecosystem it enjoys little human intervention, which means it is a truly authentic safari experience. One of Tanzania’s three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Selous enjoys a varied topography of rocky outcrops, savannah woodlands and open grasslands, with the Rufiji River morphing into a network of lakes and streams backed by riverine vegetation, attracting plains game to congregate and drink from its waters when the heat of the afternoon starts to rise.
Spanning 90,000 square kilometres, Selous was an amalgamation of four smaller reserves, which came together in 1922.
Over the years the area has expanded to include major animal corridors, especially with regard to elephants and in 1974 it became the UNESCO recognised site it is today.